The East Baton Rouge Parish School System is seeking charter school applications from charter operators with established track records for success in working with high-poverty populations. In continued partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE), the district will review and select charter schools through the state-developed application process and according to a scheduled timeline. The deadline for charter application is March 7, 2014. The deadline for local school boards to make approval decisions is June 5, 2014.
For a complete description of the application process, please visit the LDOE's website or contact Carlos J. Sam, EBRPSS Associate Superintendent, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This webpage has been developed to aid students, parents, teachers and the general public as they seek information on EBRPSS charter schools. Viewers will find links to charter school websites, and many other items that will enable viewers to make informed decisions about their charter school choices.
Parents and students are encouraged to contact the schools directly for open house dates, teacher and student stability data and other school-specific information that they desire.
We have also included a number of references to help explain specific Louisiana Department of Education and BESE policies and procedures related to charter schools.
We intend to revise our website periodically and we welcome your suggestions about how we can make it a more effective tool to exercise your public school choice options. Please e-mail me at email@example.com
The Mission of East Baton Rouge Parish School System, in partnership with our community, is to educate all students to their maximum potential in a caring, rigorous and safe environment.
The Vision of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System is to graduate students with the knowledge, skills and values necessary to become active and successful members of a dynamic learning community.
WHY WE AUTHORIZE CHARTER SCHOOLS
Charter schools offer teachers, parents and community members the opportunity to create new public schools in response to community needs. In return, these chartered schools agree to be held accountable by their authorizer- the EBRPSS- for student performance outcomes. If the charter school fails to produce the promised student outcomes, the authorizer may intervene in a variety of ways, and, as a last resort, can close the school. Quality charter school authorizing is the linchpin of the charter promise of accountability for results and the creation of quality educational opportunities. While EBRPSS is not responsible for the ultimate success or failure of a charter school, they can have a major impact on that outcome by providing strong oversight and accountability.
The EBRPSS became an authorizer because we recognized it as a new and effective way of carrying out our mission. This decision was the result of a number of factors. In the years that we have been authorizing, the EBRPSS has developed and practices a model of charter school authorizing that goes beyond the compliance-based role vaguely outlined in state statute. We engage in pro-active relationships and add value to the schools with which we work. During the start-up phase the EBRPSS works closely with founding groups to ensure that tasks necessary to a successful opening (facility, finance, human resources, marketing/recruitment, curriculum development) are accomplished in a timely manner. Once operational, the EBRPSS monitors the financial and academic performance of its schools through frequent communication and site visits and regular review of financial and program documents. When signs of trouble arise, we work closely with the school’s board to problem solve and identify resources that may be helpful.
The EBRPSS has much to offer charter schools in the way of expertise in management and board governance. We recognize the great challenges and difficulties in starting a school and can help school developers of charter schools navigate this complex process while respecting the autonomy and uniqueness of each school.